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brianmcquery

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  1. I know someone who's a friend of J.J's. He saw a rough cut of the flick last summer. He's a big STAR TREK fan. He said it needed a lot of work. His main problem was with some of the characterization of the classic characters. I can't go into details, but he said the fans would hate it and the general public would eat it up. He expects that it will do huge business. I love the new trailer. And I love the intro of young Kirk. I don't get the criticism of it. What's not to love? Maybe the kid's head wasn't big enough, Tim, so when you saw Christopher Pine as Kirk, you were thrown o
  2. I'm at odds with a lot of my friends on BOONDOCK SAINTS. They all love it and think it's amazing. I think it's mediocre. I never thought Willem Dafoe was capable of giving a bad performance, then I saw BOONDOCK SAINTS and was proven wrong. I think he's terrible in it. The good thing about BOONDOCK SAINTS though is that it gave us OVERNIGHT, a fascinating tale about how to screw up a golden opportunity with an out of control ego. It's a documentary well worth watching and a great cautionary tale for up and coming filmmakers.
  3. I saw SPARTAN when it came out and it blew me away. LOVED IT! Wanted to see it again on the big screen, but it was out of the theater too quick. When the DVD came out, I bought it immediately and started bringing it over to friend's houses. I turned a lot of people onto that flick. They all loved it. Every once in a while, I run into someone who hates it. I guess it's a love it or hate it flick. You either follow it or you don't. Mamet did not make it accessible on purpose. You either pay attention and keep up or he leaves you behind and that's one of the reasons why I love i
  4. I was lucky enough to see THE WRESTLER at a Q & A screening with the film's writer Robert Siegel two weeks ago. The film is very good and brought back fond memories of watching the WWF as a kid. It's a total character piece, plot takes a back seat, and it's shot documentary style, following this broken man around 20 years after his prime as he struggles to make a living. It's Darren Aronofsky's most accessible film, but it's still going to be challenged at the box office. Mickey Rourke really delivers as Randy "The Ram" Robinson. He's heartbreaking. I've heard a lot of Oscar
  5. I've got a little known gem that everyone should see. It's called EYE OF GOD. It's written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, that wonderful character actor seen most recently in THE INCREDIBLE HULK. Somehow, I heard of this film back in 1997 when it played for one week in Chicago. I still can't shake it. It's got a wonderful ensemble cast that includes Nick Stahl, Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook, Kevin Anderson, Richard Jenkins, Mary Kay Place and Margo Martindale. I don't want to say much about it, but it is drama, mystery and tragedy and you won't soon forget it. The
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